concert series
Check out the 2016-2017 Concert Series Brochure Here.

About the Concert Series

On behalf of First United Methodist Church, Chula Vista we welcome you to the 2016-2017 Concert Series. 

Music has been a strong part of this congregation’s life since its founding over one hundred years ago and continues to be one of the many things that pulls us together as a church and community.

The Concert Series Committee of FUMC has worked hard to present some of the region’s best performing artists. They are as diverse as the community we represent. We are proud to feature Ensembles, Gospel, Classical Orchestral and Choral music on the same series, and we truly believe there is something for everyone.

If the performing arts are important to you, please consider joining us in our endeavors by underwriting a concert, helping the committee and especially, coming to enjoy the music. This series has been put together for you and we want your help to promote good music in the South Bay.

2016-2017 Concert Series

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Chamber Chorale

Sunday, October 16 at 4 PM
The 40-voice San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Chamber Chorale is one of the nation’s largest all-male ensembles specializing in classical and modern masterworks. The Chorale performed Berlioz’s Requiem with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus which was hailed by The San Diego Union-Tribune as “a triumph.” They rejoin LJS&C next spring for Verdi’s Requiem and then travel to New York’s Lincoln Center to perform Tyler’s Suite. We are excited to add this diverse group to our series for the first time. You can see more 


Big Band Express

Sunday, November 13 at 4 PM
Marty Conley’s Big Band Express has been garnering attention in San Diego’s jazz scene for a diverse range of dance music over the years. Featuring some of the area’s finest jazz musicians, including FUMC’s own Jerry Kaehr and Kay Mundell, this is a big band jazz experience you will not want to miss. Plan on wearing your dancing shoes.


Christmas Concert

Family Christmas Fest
Sunday, December 11 at 4 PM
Join the FUMCCV Sanctuary Choir, Sisters in Song, along with our children’s choirs and Crossing band for a musical celebration of the Christmas season. This year’s concert will feature familiar classics and new delights. Please join us afterward for a festive reception with special activities for children!


Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra

Sunday, January 29 at 4 PM
The Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra returns to our concert series for a wonderful afternoon of music. This orchestra, under the direction of Maestro David Amos, has been performing for 43 years including more than twenty appearances at FUMCCV. TICO is known for its diverse programming. This year, they will present Beethoven’s Symphony #5 and Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto #2. Mr. Peter Vinograde will be the featured pianist.


Dawn Striker-Roberts

Oboe Recital
Sunday, February 19 at 4 PM
Dawn has been a wonderful addition to the musical community in San Diego for several years, performing at San Diego State University, FUMC Mission Valley, and of course, our worship services and concerts. As she and her husband prepare for retirement and a move away from Chula Vista, Dawn will present a thank you farewell concert. She will be joined by Michiko Lohorn at the piano.


de la Motte Strings

March 5 at 4 PM
The de la Motte children started learning their instruments at the age of 2 or 3. Josiah, 14, plays violin, Pearl, 12, plays violin and viola, Elijah, 10, plays cello, and Naomi, 7 plays violin. The family plays music from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and America, including sacred and classical music. “For each of us, music is a very important part of our lives and as J. S. Bach always wrote: Soli Deo Gloria (To God alone be the glory) at the end of his compositions, we echo his phrase and feel that our music is a gift from God.”


Hillcrest Wind Ensemble

Sunday, March 26 at 4 PM
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble is one of Southern California’s finest adult musical organizations. Now celebrating its 31st year, they are making a return appearance at FUMCCV after their wonderful premier last year. The ensemble brings standard wind band favorites along with some exciting new works and transcriptions for band. The wind ensemble is known for its innovative programming which has included work with the Balboa Park Centennial, San Diego Opera’s “Opera Exposed!”, Southwestern College Concert Choir and more.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Community Choir
Sunday, May 7 at 4 PM
The mission of the MLK Jr. Choir is “Singing Gospel, Promoting the Arts” and it does this by raising funds for scholarships in the visual and performing arts. This group is the premier gospel choir in San Diego and its concerts are always inspirational and uplifting. The MLK Jr. Choir is a favorite of this congregation and community and is sure to bless all who hear it.


POPS Concert

May 26 and 27 at 7 PM
This favorite community event is a chance for the musical groups of the church to stretch out with some secular repertoire. In its 57th year, this edition of POPS is sure to provide a wonderful evening of entertainment. 2017 will be a program all about California, our Golden State. Come for the music, stay for the pie! General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Reserved seating: $12 for adults and $7 for children.